An Afghani Khyber knife and Nepalese kukri owned by early British explorer Colonel Edmund Smyth
Comprising: 1) Khyber knife: straight 23 1/2 inch single edged blade of T-section; brass-mounted grip, the gripscales of dark green horn, the pommel mounted with silver swivel; with original blue cloth-covered scabbard, the mount of silver with pierced rims, the spine with silver reinforcement. 2) Kukri: 14 1/2 inch blade of characteristic form and graceful profile; wooden grip carved with a central ring below a narrow band carved with floral meander; with original black leather-covered scabbard, the front of the throat with rectangular quillwork panel of floral scrolls. Together a copy of the consignor's family tree and a biographical sketch of Colonel Smyth.
Condition: 1) Blade cleaned at some time and shows scattered scratches, some very minor pitting and some areas of delamination; grip spine loose; scabbard covering worn, the mounts with dark, unpolished patina. 2) Blade showing light scratches and areas of corrosion. Hilt with minor marks; scabbard with some surface scuffing, minor losses to leather and with partially open seam.
length of knife 31 1/2in. and length of sword 20 1/2in.
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